Monday after Epiphany

Light of Christ—Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand

The Light has entered into the world that destroyed darkness with the message of repentance for the Kingdom of God is at hand. This Light is Christ, reported in today’s Gospel, he comes with a mission. His mission includes twofold: To bring the good news and to cure the sick and the illness, and to announce the repentance for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. What does it mean to repent? Repentance by going to confession and asked for forgiveness? Or to confess directly to the person that somehow we hurt him or her somehow or someway? Or to say one Hail Mary, to say one Our Father, or to do one good deed to someone, etc. that means we repent for our sins?

A monk is popular as a holy and wise monk that many love and respect. They often come and ask him to pray for them. One morning, on the way to go to Church, he saw a man crying on the side of the road. He came closed to the man and recognized him as a dangerous robber in town that everybody was afraid of him. He decided to continue on his journey to Church, the robber ran and knelt in front of the monk begging him to listen his confession. The moment his begging reached his ears, the monk got mad and yelled at him saying, “A robber like you hope that God forgives you! I tell you: The staff in my hand easily blossoms flowers than for God to forgive you.” After saying that to the robber, the monk continued his way to Church. After his few steps, his staff got stuck in the ground that he couldn’t pull it out. Out of his exhaust, he saw from his staff blossomed with green leaves and flowers. He heard a voice from the staff saying, “God’s forgiveness towards a sinner who repents is much easier than a staff blossoms with green leaves and flowers.” Make no mistake when Jesus taught us saying, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Mt 23:12).

Perhaps, true repentance is to humble ourselves to acknowledge our sins, to ask for forgiveness, and to try not to sin again. Have you and I had anything to repent? How would you and I have a true repentance of our sins? Have we had to die in order to experience the Kingdom of God? How would we experience the Kingdom of God right here on earth if it’s not to have a true repentance of our sins?


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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